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The Importance of Timelessness in Photography

  A month or so ago I read thru an article on Rangefinder Magazine featuring the best wedding photography of the year. I forget right off hand what the title of the article was but it featured 30 photographers. Many of the images were stunning, within and of themselves, but almost all of them had […]

Modest Models lead to Better Portraits

    One of the first things I learnt during my studies at the Hallmark Institute of Photography was just because an image has an attractive subject doesn’t mean that it is a good photo. Sadly many photographers assume that having having attractive models instantly makes there photographs good. How you dress you models greatly impacts […]

Best Places to View the Fall Colors in Michigan

    One of the things I love about being a fine art photographer in Michigan is being able to photograph the beautiful fall colors each year.     The Pictured Rocks national lake shore is one of the most beautiful places I’ve visited in Michigan. I haven’t had the opportunity to go back up […]

Why Your Photographer Must Know How to Use Flash

      Plenty of beautiful images have been taken with natural, or ambient, light, but when you are a professional photographer you have to be able to guarantee you can get beautiful images for clients regardless of the ambient lighting conditions. This is where flash photography comes in.  When I got my formal photographic […]

Why I Switched to White House Custom Color

Since moving back to Michigan in 2013 after graduating from Hallmark Institute of Photography I’ve experiment with offering a wide variety of prints and products from various labs. I had been using primarily one lab but as time went on I continued to have more and more problems with their ordering software. It eventually got to […]

How Much Retouching Is To Much?

    Since Photoshop, and other editing software, became readily available there has been a steady stream of complaints about over retouching from the media. Most of the complaints come from photographs used in editorials and advertising, such as slimmed down celebrities and models. Documentary photography and photojournalism hasn’t been free from this controversy either. […]

Should you have an Unplugged Wedding?

A current trend amongst brides and grooms are having unplugged weddings. An unplugged wedding is where guests, with the exception of the hired photographer and second shooters, aren’t allowed to bring phones, iPads or other cameras to the wedding. I personally think this is a great idea and will go thru some of the pros and […]

10 Great Vacation Spots in Michigan

Have the winter blues? Planning a trip around Michigan can help lift your spirits. Here are ten great vacation destinations in Michigan that will appeal to the entire family, especially aspiring photographers and art lovers. 1. The Upper Peninsula Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, or U.P. as us Michiganders call it, is an amazing destination for nature […]